Alter Bridge - 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 07, 2018    
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An aural explosion from start to finish.

I'll be honest, I don't really do live albums. In this day and age, a studio release will do just nicely, thank you. Of course, I've made exceptions over the years and enthused about classic live albums from Classic Rock bands including UFO, AC/DC and Brum's finest Judas Priest, but generally, I steer clear of them. Maybe it's because live albums simply ape the original recordings, offering nothing new and often sounding poor in comparison. However, this album has made me reconsider.

It's an aural explosion from start to finish with the dynamics of the songs given an extra dimension by conductor Simon Dobson and the fifty-two piece Parallax Orchestra. Alter Bridge's "Modern Classic Rock meets Metal" style is given a Symphonic sheen that adds extra layers of bite to the epic 'Cry Of Achilles' and the sensational 'Before Tomorrow Comes'.

With two discs worth of material, there's plenty here for everyone to enjoy. Some songs lend themselves more to the Classical enhancements, whilst others seem a little awkward and perhaps a touch contrived, but those moments are few and far between amongst the twenty-one tracks on offer. Vocalist Myles Kennedy sings within himself throughout and that's a plus point in my book when compared to the shrieking histrionics that sometimes grate on his studio work.

Even material from the Creed-like debut is given a well-needed kick in the pants by the orchestral layers, 'Broken Wings' and 'Open Your Eyes' being prime examples, but the crowd win the day on both with the huge sing-along in the choruses adding to the overblown epic nature of the recording. The album closes on a high with the aforementioned 'Open Your Eyes' and a monstrously overblown version of 'Blackbird'.

At this point, I'm wondering just how good the Blu-ray/DVD of the gig will be when it's released, but one thing is for sure, if Carling did live concert recordings...

Mike Newdeck

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